What may seem like a small gesture to most meant the world to one World War II veteran who says that, even years later, he’ll never forget the kind thing a teenage girl did for him when he returned home from the war.
Paul Andert trained under General George Patton in the 2nd Armored Division and took part in missions in Africa and Sicily before training with British paratroopers to invade Normandy, reports The Blaze. When he came home from the war at the tender age of 22, he says he was still recovering when a young girl did something for him that touched his heart.
“I picked up my barracks bag and I went out and got on a bus to go home,” Andert said. “While I’m on the bus I was still limping, and a young girl got up. She must have been about 16 or 15. She said, ‘Solider, take my seat.’ And that was the best homecoming you could ever have.”
Andert spoke on "The Glenn Beck Program" about meeting Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Dwight Eisenhower, the latter of whom commented on his young age. Just 17 at the time, Andert says he confessed that he had lied about his age to be able to fight in the war.
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After the veteran was injured during battle, he says he woke up in an Army hospital in England, where he had been mistaken for one of the enemies. He was given the option of going home, but he says he declined the opportunity.
“You think I’m going to go home and sit by the radio, and hear what’s going on and wonder what’s happening to my guys the whole time because I left them?” he said. “I’m going back.”
Andert took part in seven campaigns and two major landings during WWII and received a silver star, three bronze stars, and two purple hearts.
Despite his accomplishments and experiences in the war, he still fondly recalls the simple and sweet gesture of that teen girl after he says he was given $30 and a car token and told to “go home.”
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“It really, really – I can’t ever forget it,” he said. “And every time I see a young girl … I always remember the reception I got. And it was more important than any damn parade or anything like that.”
Source: The Blaze / Photo Credit: TheBlaze TV, Wikimedia Commons